Region 2 News Release: NY 169
July 27, 1999
Contact: Chester J. Fultz
CLYDE, NEW YORK, PALLET FACTORY CITED BY OSHA FOR
ALLEGED SAFETY VIOLATIONS; $42,500 IN PENALTIES PROPOSED
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited LSW Industries, Inc., of 11207 Clyde Savannah Road, Clyde, New York, and proposed penalties of $42,500 against the firm for 30 alleged serious violations and 14 alleged other-than-serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until August 12 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director Diane M. Brayden, the action results from an investigation conducted from February 3 through July 16 under a local OSHA program that emphasizes woodworking industries. LSW Industries manufactures wooden pallets.
The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included:
- failure to have forklift truck operators wear seat belts;
- failure to provide fixed ladder with uniform rung spacing;
- failure to properly guard floor openings;
- failure to maintain exit passageways;
- failure to implement a training program for noise exposure;
- failure to provide personal protective equipment;
- failure to provide lockout-tagout procedures, and periodic review of a training program, to prevent the accidental start-up of machinery during repair or servicing;
- failure to maintain fire extinguishers and conduct fire extinguisher training;
- failure to provide adequate guarding of ingoing nip points, points of operation, rotating parts, and other moving parts of machinery;
- failure to properly maintain forklift trucks;
- failure to maintain bench grinders;
- failure to reduce the pressure of compressed air used for cleaning to less than 30 psi;
- failure to cover exposed electrical equipment;
- failure to have electrical-safety training and work procedures.
Alleged other-than-serious violations for which the firm was cited included not keeping aisles and passageways clear and in good repair, not displaying floor loading sign and exit signs, and not having a respiratory protection program. Others included using extension cords as permanent wiring, failure to label circuit breakers in electrical panels, and failure to identify the contents of containers of chemicals.
A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result. An other-than-serious violation is a hazardous condition that would probably not cause death or serious physical harm but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Syracuse area office, located at 3300 Vickery Road, North Syracuse, New York, telephone (315) 451-0808.
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